NYPD Police Officer Rafael Ramos was laid to rest yesterday, after being murdered by a filthy animal on the streets of Brooklyn. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio spoke at Ramos' funeral, a week or so after he appeared at a protest where other animals chanted, "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!"
The NYPD has since publicly shunned their "leader,"
Wearing white gloves and with black tape across their badges, they came to attend the funeral of New York City police officer Rafael “Ralph” Ramos, 40, who was gunned down with his partner, Wenjian Liu, 32, exactly one week before in Brooklyn as the pair sat in their squad car.
Hundreds of officers watching the services outside Christ Tabernacle Church turned their backs on the screens when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke. The mayor has been heavily criticized by New York police union officials, accused of causing a mood of mistrust that they say contributed to the killings of Ramos and Liu. Tensions between the mayor and police had already grown in recent months after de Blasio said he was worried about how police might treat his son, who is biracial.
The sad fact is many, not all, big-city mayors hold their police department in contempt. That is certainly the case in Philadelphia, where Mayor Michael Nutter treats police officers like chattel. While I believe police officers should respect de Blasio's office, they should not respect the man.